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I really and truly enjoyed almost every part of pregnancy. But one thing I found less amusing about my pregnancies was the required urine test at my prenatal appointments.
First of all, I don’t like public restrooms, and I do what I can do avoid them. Next, I rarely need to pee. So if I go before I leave the house, chances are I won’t need to go again for hours. There were a few times I had to sit and guzzle water to leave a sample at my OBs office. And the worst part: During my first pregnancy it never failed, almost every time I left a sample in the cup, just as much of it was all over my hands.
It’s gross, and something many moms face. In fact, our site moms in the October 2015 birth club are discussing this very thing. We managed to pee on a pregnancy test, but peeing in a cup? Entirely different story.
"I can't see anything with this big belly! I always pee on my hand...I know gross!” -mayrarod93
“I'd like to hear from someone who doesn't. I have to wipe the cup off and everything. Ew!” -KlaM013011
I just hold the cup and hope for the best that some actually makes it in there.” -Brittany0312
Some moms say practice makes perfect.
I have gotten to the point where I can go in the cup every single time but this is my fourth baby.” -v2754
And then other moms have creative ways to make sure they never miss.
“I use the mirror to see where to put the cup. Then waddle over to go over the toilet. I bet I look stupid. But it works.” -Lucymichelle
Me? Well, I did learn a trick by the time I was pregnant the second time around. Are you ready? The trick that made it so I never missed: Hold the cup right against you. It takes less physics in deciding where the stream will go and with how much force. As long as the cup is covering the urethra you’ll get it in there!
Turns out I’m not the only mom who figured this out. Another our site mom eventually shared it with the ladies in this thread.
“Oh my goodness ladies!!! Just press the entire opening of the cup against you! No guess work, except where your pee hole is… Which we should all know by now *wink* too funny!” -merbearb
And others found this helpful.
“I feel a little stupid that I have never thought of this. Why have I never thought of this? I'll try my next appt and report back.” -krayziekaos410
So there you have it. Tried and true.
Jennifer Borget is a domestically-challenged part-time journalist, and a full-time mom. She’s a storyteller finding creative ways to make memories last, and inspiring others to do the same on at BabyMakingMachine.com. To catch more of her motherhood journey, follow @JenniferBorget on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.
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